Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story (1985)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The story of Olympic downhill racer Bill Johnson is related in this made-for-TV biopic. Future ER star Anthony Edwards plays Johnson, who while growing up in Oregon was known far and wide for his capacity as a troublemaker. After several brushes with the law (one landing him behind bars), Johnson straightens out and flies right when he develops an interest in skiing. Dennis Weaver co-stars as Johnson's supportive dad. Going for the Gold was first telecast May 18, 1985, less than a year after Johnson's Gold Medal win at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics.

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athlete, champion, Olympic-sports, skiing, troublemaker